AAS Madison Area Technical College 1995
BS Biology Edgewood College 1999
University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
Research Lab in Pathobiological science
The Department Faculty have numerous research programs with primary emphasis on infectious, neoplastic, and immune mediated diseases. They participate in collaborative research among faculty in the department, the Medical School, and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
I use Molecular biology techniques to study cancer. We create transgenes that are injected into mouse eggs. I then perform downstream protein and nucleic acid analysis of affected mouse tissue. The goal is to link up tissue specific promoters with oncogenes to study growth regulation. Genetically modified mice are made to study on three organ systems: liver, mammary gland, and pancreas.
Upon graduation from Madison College I worked at Promega for a year in Research & Development. In 1996 I started at Chimerx, as a researcher and a laboratory manager. I desired a change from the industrial setting, and opted for an academic setting. In 2002 I took a molecular biology research position at the UW. I developed strength in my abilities through these experiences. I now work in research that specializes in the molecular biology of pancreatic and liver cancer and I am confident that this work will ultimately result in better understanding of these diseases.
I work with a variety of academic professionals and graduate students. I take part in the training of new graduate students to expose them to the specifics of our research lab. I present material in lab meetings, contribute to the work in written communications and professional meetings.
We’re doing something in our research lab that will hopefully benefit everybody. The work that I do results in different transgenic mice. These are useful to a larger research community working on understanding mouse physiology and in the broader sense cancer development.
The job is very challenging and experimental success can be difficult to achieve. One needs to be persistent and keep the big picture in mind. Ultimately, an answer is found, but persistence and vigilance is key.
What I enjoy most is that I have a flexible schedule. It varies quite a bit depending on what project I am involved with. Generally speaking I can be working on up to 4 or 5 different things in a day. I can interact with a number of different people in a day or no body depending on what needs to be done at the time
I enjoyed my seven years in industry, but am glad to be away from the corporate structure and working in a research environment at the UW. My education at Madison College was incredibly instrumental to career success.